A patient is prescribed sertraline for the treatment of depression. Which of the following common side effects of sertraline should the nurse include in the patient's education?

Weight gain

Explanation

• Sertraline (Zoloft) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

• Common side effects of SSRIs include weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, and dry mouth.

• Incorrect: Tremors and chills are symptoms of serotonin syndrome and not common side effects associated with SSRIs.

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